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Sense of mission — Patti Gandy brings passion to Mission First Legal Aid Office

Native Mississippian and motivational guru Zig Ziglar once said, “Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission.” Based on my observation of successful leaders, I would wholeheartedly agree with Ziglar’s conclusion. These leaders have discovered their true passion and are living “on purpose” with focus and determination.  Mission driven individuals inspire […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: C Spire pushes to deliver 1 GBPS broadband Internet in Mississippi

by Published: August 15,2014

Tags: Apple, Business, C Spire, Dave Miller, iPhone, Mac, Mississippi, technology

When Dave Miller, senior manager for media relations at C Spire, dropped by our offices the other day, we took the opportunity to chat with him about the company’s progress toward delivering 1 Gig Internet speeds within the state of Mississippi. “We expect to make our first connections in Ridgeland this fall,” he said. “When […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Financial literacy makes better schools and communities

I love Junior Achievement. Too bad it’s no longer around. Once upon a time I was a Junior Achievement volunteer, a business person who went into elementary schools and presented a program about work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Trained by Junior Achievement of Mississippi and equipped with some excellent instructional materials, I, like dozens of […] [...]

IKE TROTTER: Retirement age decision becomes more difficult

by Published: August 14,2014

Tags: Business, Greenville, Ike Trotter, JACKSON, Mississippi

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE CHOOSE to claim Social Security retirement benefits at the earliest possible age of 62, rather than waiting until their full retirement age (66 to 67 for anyone born in 1943 or later) when doing so would reduce their monthly benefit by as much as 30 percent? Well, there actually are many reasons, […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Mission: Hemp possible

You don’t have to inhale.  You don’t even have to put it in your mouth.  We don’t need it for recreational use, we need it for work, jobs, and a more productive Mississippi. Our great agricultural state needs to take the lead in Industrial Hemp production.  And we need to do it quickly. The New […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: It’s a matter of trusts

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: banking and finance, Business, Mississippi, trusts

When asked to whom he intended to leave his assets at his death, one of our clients responded, “I plan on spending my last few thousand dollars on my casket.”  Another client quipped, “If I have a nickel left over, then I miscalculated!” Despite the occasional one-liner about spending their children’s inheritance, however, most people […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Easiest way to make a sale? Start at the top!

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi, PR

If you’ve never been to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City you’re missing an exceptional experience and an incredible lesson in sales. When you enter this Frank Lloyd Wright designed building, you’ll be immediately amazed by the rotunda exposing the entire museum. Art is everywhere and a giant ramp wraps around six floors of […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE: How to write headlines that could go viral

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, Coke, Deane Smith & Partners, Mississippi, PR

I want to let you in on a secret. The headline of this column alone, with proper placement and social sharing of course, could take this viral. In order to get a well-placed piece in the digital domain, you have to make it SHINE. KISSmetrics, a digital market research firm, analyzed what makes a good […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: The Beautiful American weaves in and out of real and unreal

Readers may be surprised to find they enjoy this book. I usually cringe at the historical fiction genre and probably wouldn’t have read this book if I’d realized it falls into that category. But does it? One of the main characters, Lee Miller, was a real person and the other, Nora Tours, is not. Certainly […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: The dean of Jackson television has seen lots of changes

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: Business, media, Mississippi, TV, WAPT-TV

Stuart Kellogg, General Manager of WAPT in Jackson, can point to a somewhat extraordinary accomplishment in the world of broadcasting and media: He’s been on the job in Jackson for 23 years. During that time, he’s seen many changes in Jackson, as WAPT has emerged as the market’s No. 1 station in a variety of […] [...]

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